The CPEC Factor in the Chinese-Indian Relations

The ambitious project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which has been repeatedly discussed in NEO, is gradually moving to the center stage in the troubled bilateral relations between the two Asian giants – China and India. It should be reminded that we are talking about the construction of transport (rail and road) infrastructure with …

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China Widens its Silk Road to the World

Let’s cut to the chase. China’s new ‘Silk Road’ initiative is the only large-scale, multilateral development project that the 21st century has seen so far. There is no counter-offer from the West. Which is why the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, starting this Sunday in Beijing, is being set up as a …

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Pakistan, Iran Cautiously Shift Toward ‘Brotherly’ Relations

Pakistan’s decision to participate in the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) certainly has attracted criticism from Iran, and it was perhaps the reason why Tehran initially reacted harshly to the border attack from Balochistan, Pakistan’s western province, which killed at least 10 Iranian border guards in April. However, the fallout from the attack appears to …

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India’s Intrusiveness in Pakistan’s Internal Affairs

India’s Invasive Acts after Partition When Pakistan came into being on August 14, 1947 under the sagacious leadership of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Indian leaders didn’t reconcile with moth eaten Pakistan that had been treacherously slashed by the conniving Mountbatten and Radcliffe. They considered it as vivisection of Mahabharata. Believing in Chanakyan tactics …

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Why Afghanistan should Join CPEC

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is expected to be a “game-changer” in South Asia. Part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative (BRI), CPEC is a $54 billion infrastructure development project that aims to connect China’s Xinjiang region to Pakistan’s Gwadar port. Naturally, with the arrival of such large scale infrastructure investments, CPEC has drawn …

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What’s CPEC, and How Does the Future of the Multipolar World Depend on It?

Andrew just returned from Pakistan's National Defence University where he was lecturing on the geostrategic significance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and he's eager to share his insight with Sputnik's readers. The world order is going through profound changes in transitioning from the Western-controlled unipolar system to the non-Western model of multipolarity, and the ongoing multifaceted friction between the opposing forces …

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A boy silhouetted against smog while playing cricket in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2011. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

In China and Pakistan’s Coal Romance, Where’s the Love for the Climate?

If you were travelling via motorway from Islamabad to Lahore during November or December 2016, you might have felt like your head was in the clouds. That’s thanks to the smog that engulfed large parts of Pakistan’s Punjab and Sindh provinces in that period. This was clearly “not a natural phenomenon”, as the Pakistani newspaper …

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China-India: Heightened Tensions Across the Himalayas

Next week’s provocative visit of the Dalai Lama to the Chinese-contested town of Tawang is set to mark a low point in relations between New Delhi and Beijing. China and India, on paper at least, are very close partners. Both Asian Giants are members of BRICS, and the latter in poised to officially enter the SCO later this year. Trade …

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